Our leadership team has more than 90 years of combined experience in education at all levels, from leading classrooms to shaping federal policy.
Our Leadership Team
Executive Director / Navigator, New Orleans
(he/him/his) A New Orleans native, Gary Briggs has attended private, Catholic, charter, and traditional public schools. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science from Texas Christian University and served as a White House Intern in the Obama administration upon graduation. Afterwards, Gary joined Teach For America and returned to New Orleans to teach English Language Arts. He served as 5th and 6th grade Team Leader at Harriet Tubman Charter School for four years. In 2015, his experiences as a student and teacher in New Orleans’ schools were chronicled by The Times Picayune. Today, Gary leads EdNavigator's New Orleans team, supporting families and students across the Greater New Orleans area.
Chief Executive Officer
(he/him/his) In more than two decades in public education, Tim has served as an urban school teacher, organizational leader, and policy expert. Prior to co-founding EdNavigator, he served as President of TNTP, a national education nonprofit focused on recruiting, training, and retaining outstanding teachers for schools serving families in low-income communities. During his eight years in that role, TNTP became a leading source of innovative and widely cited research. Tim began his career teaching social studies at Northeast Middle School in Baltimore. He holds a MA in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University and a BA in American Studies from Northwestern University. He is the recipient of the Peter Jennings Award for Civic Leadership and the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two children.
Director of Partnerships and Outreach
(she/her/hers) Nelida's career has focused on increasing educational opportunities for students of all backgrounds. Prior to joining EdNavigator, Nelida spent six years at the University of Chicago, where she managed employer partnerships and career programs serving first-generation and low-income students. She also led the office's first diversity, equity, and inclusion team, launching initiatives for students, staff, and employers seeking to diversify their talent pipelines. Nelida began her career at Uncommon Schools, where she focused on school operations and college access at a charter high school in Brooklyn, NY. Nelida received her bachelor's degree in Sociology from Harvard University and is a proud first-generation college graduate. She currently resides in her hometown of Chicago.
Ava Ivy, SPHR
Director of Human Resources
(she/her/hers) Ava Ivy has more than 30 years of experience managing human resources, shaping high-performing organizational cultures, and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. She was a Captain in the U.S. Army and has supported companies spanning a wide range of industries throughout her career, including Enesco, Cosi, Kraft, PwC, and Coors Brewing Company among others. Prior to joining EdNavigator, Ava served as HR Leader for Cards Against Humanity and as Chief Administrative Officer for Northern Seminary in Lisle, Illinois. She holds a PhD in Business Organization and Management from Capella University in Minneapolis and Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in communication from Southern Illinois University. She and her husband live in Great Lakes, Illinois.
Chief Communications Officer
(he/him/his) David Keeling brings to EdNavigator more than 20 years of experience in strategic communications, marketing, and public education. He has created nationally recognized teacher recruitment campaigns, co-authored award-winning publications on education policy, and written op-eds for news outlets from Education Week to The New York Times. Before co-founding EdNavigator, he served for six years as Vice President of Communications for TNTP, leading the organization’s communications, marketing and publications strategy and advising TNTP staff, state education agencies and urban school systems nationwide on communicating with teachers, parents, school leaders, and other stakeholders. He holds a BA in English from Middlebury College and lives with his wife and two children in Chicago.
(she/her/hers) Kate McGovern is a writer and communications specialist with a passion for storytelling in service of great schools for every child and family. She started her career at the Harlem Children’s Zone in New York City, where she directed Shakespeare productions with middle schoolers at Harlem’s National Black Theatre. Since then, she has worked in district, charter, and private schools in New York and London. Most recently, she spent five years as the Director of Publications for TNTP, leading the writing and editing of publications like The Opportunity Myth. Kate is also a published author of fiction for young adults. A native of Cambridge, MA and a graduate of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, she holds a BA in American Studies from Yale and a master’s degree in anthropology from Oxford. She lives in Cambridge with her husband and young daughter.
Lead Navigator for National Services
(she/her/hers) Meghan Stroh got her start in education as a Teach For America corps member in New Orleans in 2008. She served for eight years as a chemistry teacher and instructional coach at L.W. Higgins High School, where she was named 2011 Teacher of the Year and founded the school’s first-ever AP Chemistry course. She went on to become Dean of Curriculum and Instruction and Assistant Principal at Jefferson RISE charter school before returning to the chemistry classroom at Livingston Collegiate Academy. Meghan has a BS in Chemistry and a BA in American Studies from Texas A&M University and an MA in Public School Leadership from Columbia University’s Teachers College.
Director of Programs
(she/her/hers) Becca brings to EdNavigator almost two decades of experience in K-12 education. Most recently, Becca was the Executive Director of Talent Pipelines and Professional Growth at Detroit Public Schools Community District, where she developed programs and partnerships to recruit new talent and develop existing staff members. Before her time at DPSCD, Becca spent nine years at the national education nonprofit TNTP, where she developed and launched multiple teacher training and certification programs and advised school and district leaders in school districts across the country on their academic and talent strategies. Becca started her education career in the classroom, where she spent nine years as a special education teacher. Becca is an alum of Western Michigan University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She earned a master's degree in curriculum and instruction at Michigan State University. Becca lives in East Lansing, Michigan with her wife and daughter.
Shantelle D. Wright
Chief Program Officer
(she/her/hers) A proud resident of the District of Columbia, Shantelle D. Wright has dedicated her 20-year career to eradicating inequality and advancing educational excellence. Prior to joining EdNavigator as Chief Program Officer in 2021, she was the Founder and CEO of Achievement Prep, an award-winning charter school network in Washington, DC that prepares students in Ward 8 to excel in high school, college, and beyond. Shantelle was selected as one of 13 outstanding leaders to complete the Building Excellent Schools (BES) fellowship, a highly competitive, yearlong training program in urban charter school creation and leadership. She is also a licensed attorney with a JD from The George Washington University School of Law and holds a BA in Sociology from Hampton University.